Katie Holmes Just Wore the Mango Skirt I Know Fashion Editors Are Buying Too



There are certain pieces that even the most open-minded fashion editor just can't wrap their head around. Of course, there are trends that come about with the purpose of dividing opinion—low-rise jeans are probably one of the most recent we've seen lately—but then there are others which are generally inoffensive but seem to spark a similar debate. Ballet shoes are one, as can be clutch bags. Another? The pleated midi skirt. 

I, for one, fully subscribe to the notion of pleated midi skirts. From plissé to concertina to box, pleats of all shapes and sizes crop up in some of my favourite skirts, and I continue to find myself drawn to new styles when they drip into the new-in sections of my go-to brands. However, my colleague, affiliate editor Emily Dawes, has a different outlook. "There's just something about pleated midi skirts that makes them look frumpy, at least on me anyway. I'm petite, and I just don't think they do my frame any favours. I'd much rather spend my money on well-cut trousers or jeans. But, then again, I see them on other people and think, 'why don't they look like that on me?'. It would be nice to have a skirt I can throw on just as easily as my jeans, but I'm yet to find it." 



After seeing Katie Holmes step out in a Mango skirt—yes, a pleated style—Dawes finally be onboard with them. "Katie Holmes's Mango pleated skirt, however, is in a league of its own." The most significant difference I can see is in fabrication; where other pleated skirts come in floaty materials or feature formed pleats in starched viscose, Holmes's style is made from leather, and the silhouette is more reminiscent of a kilt complete with large box pleats. That, coupled with the on-trend brown colour makes it feel all the more cooler than its counterparts. "It is cool, isn't it?" says Dawes when I show her. "Even I'm tempted to buy it and try it." If you're familiar with Dawes shopping column, as well as my own, then you'll know it takes a lot to impress us, so nicely done, Mango and Katie Holmes. I've also just come back from London Fashion Week, where I saw a lot of skirts of a similar ilk, so I just know this nuanced take on the pleated midi will be a big thing this season. 

Styling it with a neutral knit, knee boots, a shearling jacket, oval sunglasses, and wet hair, Katie Holmes is the epitome of cool. And thanks to Mango, you can have a slice of that for yourself. It's genuine leather, so the skirt is more expensive than you might expect for the high street brand, but I think it is (and looks) worth every penny.

I've shopped it out for you below, followed by other modern takes on the pleated midi skirt you might enjoy. Scroll on for more. 

Shop Katie Holmes's Mango Skirt

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.